The rich cultural city of Kalamata is located in the Peloponnese region of Greece and is a popular holiday destination over the summer months. Kalamata boasts a varied mix of history and culture, gorgeous landscapes and scenery and excellent beaches boasting an array of water sports opportunities. The small old town still remains and is home to the majestic Byzantine church. The surrounding area is home to a rich, rugged landscape, caves and canyons that are perfect for outdoorsy types who want a more active way to explore their surroundings. Along the coastline you’ll find an array of restaurants, cafés and shops close to the beaches. This area really comes alive at night where tourists and locals will hit the beachfront bars and clubs and party until morning.
A small car would be perfect for driving along the narrow local roads and alleyways in the centre of Kalamata, while it would also be a little easier to park if struggling to find a space.
Driving in Kalamata
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Important things to note
It is prohibited to use your main beam headlights in towns and built-up areas.
Petrol and service stations tend to be closed on Sundays, so ensure you have full tank of fuel before embarking on long journeys over the weekends.
Local drivers are known to speed up to get through traffic lights. If the traffic light is about to turn red, you should always check your rear-view mirror in case the vehicle behind you intends to rush through the lights.
There are toll roads throughout Greece, so be sure to carry enough cash or change with you to pay the fee at toll booths.
Highlights & Hotspots
An excellent place to learn about the city’s history is the Archaeological Museum of Messenia. This recently renovated, child-friendly museum has a range of exhibits which explore the complex ancient history of Greece.
Head to the square of Aristomenous where you’ll discover a range of great shops, quirky boutiques and charming cafes for an authentic taste of Greek Culture. The nearby Municipal Conservatoire hosts regular live music performances and is a great place to go for a cultural evening out.
Families should consider taking a trip to the railway park which is home to an excellent child-friendly museum and playground area, making it a fantastic day out for all the family.
For those who want to relax in the sunshine or hit the surf then the Kalamata beaches will not disappoint. With crystal clear waters and fine golden sands, there’s no place better to soak up the sun. There is a range of watersports on offer as well as the opportunity to explore the coastline by boat.
Kalamata International Airport is located approximately six miles northwest of the centre of Kalamata and is accessible via the GR-82 motorway.
The airport is usually at its busiest during summer, when sun-seekers the world over flock to the city. There is one main passenger terminal at the airport.